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ABSTRACT: Recovery after spinal cord injury (SCI) is rare in humans and experimental animals. Following SCI in adults, changes in gene expression and the regulation of these genes are associated with the pathological development of the injury. High levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the injury area during the post-injury period contribute to enhanced neuroprotection and axonal regeneration. Intervention at the level of gene regulation has the potential to promote SCI repair. In this study, the injection of adenovirus-mediated BDNF in the lesion area (rostral spinal cord) up-regulated the expression of BDNF in the injury zone of a compression model in rat, thereby protecting neurons and enhancing behavioral function.
Molecular Biology Reports 04/2012; 39(8):8045-51. · 2.51 Impact Factor